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Using the Four-Square Strategy to Define and Identify Poetic Terms

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Day 1: 60 minutes
Day 2: 30 minutes
Lesson Author

Jill Woolley Stafford

Jill Woolley Stafford

Woodbridge, Virginia

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Overview

Featured Resources

From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

Poetry can seem intimidating to many students, but the four-square graphic organizer strategy gives students a tool they can use to explore and analyze any poem. In this lesson, students will learn the definitions of alliteration, assonance, simile, and rhyme. Using these definitions and a graphic organizer, they will search through a variety of poems for examples of each poetic element. Finally, students will use what they’ve learned to perform an in-depth reading of Mary Oliver’s poem “The Esquimos Have No Word For ‘War’” and participate in a variety of extension activities.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

Four-Square Graphic Organizer: Defining and Identifying Poetic Terms: Use this graphic organizer to help students identify alliteration, assonance, simile, and rhyme in any poem.

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FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

Brunn, M. (2002). The four-square strategy. The Reading Teacher, 55, 522–525.

  • The four-square strategy provides students with a visual representation of words and concepts in the form of a graphic or spatial organizer. The underlying function is to position several related terms, ideas, or concepts around one central element in a graphic or spatial organizer, then to help students understand the relationships that tie the various parts together.

  • Use of graphic or spatial organizers aids in systematic note taking by focusing tightly on the main idea and subordinate concepts.

  • Visual organization of new information helps students to remember, recall, and apply new knowledge to new situations.

 

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